I started coaching with Emma when I was feeling totally overwhelmed; I couldn’t see a way forward nor organise my thoughts constructively. At times, it felt like I was spiralling into negativity or just trying to keep putting the problems out of my mind feeling I didn’t have the time or skills to go forward. Having gone through this process, it felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders and that I could actually start planning how to improve those issues that were within my control.
I wanted to talk to someone without judgement. I wanted a professional conversation which wasn’t counselling, but where there wasn’t a conflict of interest as there would be with my line manager. Emma’s knowledge of how school organisations work and the unique situations teachers face is really apparent. She was encouraging, good at listening and helped me frame things in a useful way.
As a result of our coaching sessions, I've got rid of a lot of things that were superfluous to what I should have been thinking about. I’ve drilled down on a few core things that I want to work on and have been able to focus on my confidence, directness and ability to back myself up at work, without a mass of things surrounding me and slowing me down. Coaching has enabled me to get my focus pinned down to something that is specific and workable to help me move forward.
The coaching sessions with Emma have had a very positive impact on my life and the way I work. She has helped me to develop strategies to combat the feeling of overwhelm and to move forward with my work. She helped me to look beyond the problem and find a solution. Her insightful questioning enabled me to reflect and re-evaluate my previous methods of working. As a result of our sessions, I feel that I am now more organised and equipped with the tools and skills to tackle any occasions when I feel overwhelmed. I cannot thank Emma enough for her laser like focus to guide me to the root of the problem, and her warm efficiency to keep me on track throughout our coaching relationship.